Bizarre optical illusion of sitting women has left people scratching their heads

If there’s one thing the internet loves it’s videos of cats doing funny things, but this isn’t an article about that.

Fortunately, the internet also loves getting into a state of confusion over weird optical illusions that make less sense the more you look at them.

Take a fairly innocuous picture of some pebbles, for instance, if I were to tell you that there was an engagement ring in there somewhere you’d have loads of fun trying to spot it.

Then there’s engaging puzzles with hidden clues that you’d need to figure out to create a message.

Basically, people really love looking at things for ages and trying to figure out what it is they’re seeing.

Count the people and then count the legs, what’s happening here? (Reddit)
Count the people and then count the legs, what’s happening here? (Reddit)
With that in mind take a look at this picture of what looks like six normal women sitting together on a sofa.

However, take a closer look and see if you can figure out what’s wrong with this image.

That’s right! (I’m going to assume you looked properly). There are six women in this picture but it looks like there’s only five pairs of legs in the picture.

At first glance the third woman in the picture looks like she’s just a torso with no legs, but plenty of people on Reddit have disagreed over what they’re looking at which would explain it.

One person asserted: “The first girl is sitting over the second girl’s legs.”

Someone else agreed, adding: “The second girl’s legs are behind the first girl’s legs.”

Another user provided a very detailed theory, stating: “Number one has her legs crossed, no tear in the knee. Number two has only one leg visible, the tear is in her knee.

“Those legs are blending together. (Follow that tear down, there’s a split where there’s a sock on the right and not on the left. Number two has a tear in her knee and a visible white sock).”

Another Reddit user focused in on the girl sitting second from the left, stating: “Her pants are the same colour, and almost blend. You can see the difference where there is a bit of sock/skin showing above the boot.”

Plenty said that the number of legs in this picture ‘doesn’t add up’, but that’s part of the fun of the internet.

If you want another optical illusion to entertain yourself with, take a look at this picture and tell us what numbers you see.

Additional words by Abbi Murray.

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